Charles Amirkhanian introduces a program of ambient sound recordings made by listeners and friends of KPFA from around the world. On this program you will hear a ride in the Goodyear blimp “Columbia” as it flies over the Berkeley hills, a duck feeding at Lake Merritt in Oakland, California, Charles taking a shower at home, the sound of Michael Barclay, (KPFA’s opera commentator) breathing and writing, a flock of sparrows in a fifty year old redwood tree, and the story of John Fare, a conceptual artist whose “shows” consist of the continuing amputation of various portions of his physical body.
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January 3, 2011 Subject:
My first introduction to the legend of John Fare
The show itself starts with a long 90 seconds of relative silence. At least I thought it was silence, until it was explained that it was a radio producer "breathing and making notes". Not exactly compelling audio...
The first bit of field audio starts at a low volume, and so I compensated by turning the volume up - bad move. When that blimp takes off, it gets kinda loud.
Other bits of audio are farely unremarkable (aside from the host's shower with the obligatory singing) until you get to the first extended audio of the birds in the tree. Beautiful.
Finally, the story of John Fare. I won't get into it in depth, but it is a fascinating story. Check out wikipedia, the john-fare.com website, and then do a google search. I believe this is the earliest remaining record of the legend, predating as the only other source I could find on the internet referred to an article from "Studio International" in November of 1972. Very interesting.
Unfortunately the audio following the story is fairly unintelligible, and never explained (that I could tell).